It’s now been over 5 years since the last EF5 tornado in the U.S. This is the 2nd longest period of time without an EF5 tornado since 1950. We not only have not had an EF5 tornado this year…we haven’t had an EF4 tornado and we’ve only had 3 EF3 tornadoes.
Here’s a list of the Enhanced Fujita ranking of tornadoes this year (12 unknown). The tornado count this year has been low and the tornadoes we’ve had have been weak…26.9% have been EF0 and 51.7% have been EF1. Only 1% have been EF3.
Here’s where we’ve had tornado fatalities this year…only 3 so far. We had 5 fatalities on May 18 just that single day from thunderstorm wind damage.
This map shows severe weather reports from Thursday. The reports were concentrated in the Minneapolis area and western Kansas. There was one brief, small and weak tornado in Georgia.